Definitions

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  • n. The arrival of a spacecraft on the surface of a planet

Etymologies

From planet by analogy with landfall (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This is a good adventure, if only slightly marred by using the symbolic idea of "male companion energy" rather than science as a motive for the female tree creature that lures the pilot on his focused quest to planetfall.

    REVIEW: The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume 3 edited by George Mann

  • Not only can you “beam” (excellent word by the way) to other places, but you can avoid that whole thing with making planetfall or taking off again.

    Star Trek: Blog for a Borg at Fantasy Magazine

  • "One reason why we include the youngsters on planetfall assignments as often as possible."

    Cattle Town

  • When they had made planetfall and Varian had seen the unexpectedly big type of animal life which populated Ireta she had blessed the happenstance that there were heavy-worlders on her team.

    Cattle Town

  • She could bring the heavy-worlders in for a routine physical, which, she allowed, was a good idea for every member of the expedition, to check on any allergenic tendencies or subtle infections acquired since planetfall.

    Cattle Town

  • "According to what my soldier reported to me, there seems to be no doctrine for planetfall and afterward."

    do you ever read writing?

  • The great ship had come through the Star Gate only a few hours before, and the excitement of planetfall was still upon all its crew.

    Tin

  • Her scientist mother had been impregnated the last time her ship had made planetfall—by whom, or by what, and in what manner, Lyla never knew.

    Certain Girls

  • Matters don't improve when Darman, the squad's demolitions expert, gets cut off from the others during planetfall.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Once his walkers had destroyed the rebel generator I made planetfall and personally supervised our incursion into the base.

    It's Christmas On Hoth

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